The Jorg Gray JG6500 Analog Display Watch is most famous for being “the watch President Obama wears” and today we’re reviewing the 44th President commemorative edition. Most notable about the commemorative edition is the engraving on the back, which is beautifully done to signify the importance of this collectable watch and draw attention to the individualized serial number. Perhaps more importantly though, this watch has a ton of features and still manages an elegant design, making this an impressive option for a day-to-day watch.
The secret service’s job is to take care of the president, and when they gave President Obama this Jorg Gray timepiece for his 46th birthday, they certainly did their job. While we don’t all have the responsibilities of the president, accuracy and a wide range of functionality is still important when choosing a watch to wear everyday. The JG6500 has the accuracy and features to make it a good, reliable, candidate for a busy businessman or far traveller.
As the commander in chief, the president would regularly need to convert to a 24 hour clock, which this watch makes much simpler with a 24 hour subdial. To keep accurate time, the other subdials feature a chronograph and additional seconds indicator. In addition to the subdials, there is also a date display.
The JG6500 has a high precision Japanese Miyota movement. This quartz movement may not be as popular among collectors as its mechanical and automatic counterparts, however, the precision afforded by this quartz movement allows for accuracy across this feature packed timepiece. And to protect all of these features from accidental damage, this Jorg Gray will stay water resistant up to 100 meters.
The JG6500 would probably manage to look presidential even if it hadn’t been the 44th president’s watch of choice. The matte black dial is luxurious and the overall look of the watch is balanced and dignified, perfectly complemented by a black Italian leather strap and steel Ardillon buckle.
At 45 millimeters in diameter, this round case is rather large, and if you have smaller wrists, this watch might not be ideal for you. On the other hand, even though this case would look great if you larger wrists, be warned. The strap is reported to be a little short.
The large size of this stainless steel case makes it a noticeable timepiece that’s sure to make an impression. Although this JG6500 is large in diameter, it’s not very thick at just 10 millimeters high. The scratch resistant mineral crystal is domed, however, so the true height of the watch ends up being 14.1 millimeters. While the mineral crystal isn’t the highest end material available, it still performs and resists scratching. Completing the elegant look, the steel bezel seamlessly ties together the face of the watch.
Whatever your politics, pretty much everyone agrees that President Obama has a great sense of style. Clearly, the most stylish aspect of JG6500 is in the dial. Part of the reason for the large size of the watch is it contains a lot of information. There are actually three sets of number indicators on this dial. With a less well designed watch, it might be too much. But with the JG6500, it’s all presented in a clean and balanced way, so the dial manages to be elegant rather than cluttered. This makes the watch easy to read, each piece of information decipherable even in a quick glance.
The primary set of indicators are white, luminous stick indicators that contrast the matte black of the dial stylishly. However, instead of a stick at the 12 o’clock position, there is a triangle indicator for an added aviation style design element. Smaller, along the edge of the dial, are arabic and stick indicators marking the hour. Finally, the smallest arabic and stick indicators mark the minutes.
The attention to detail in the hands puts the finishing touches on the dignified and stylish design. Outlined in black, the hour and minute hands are sword style with white luminous accents that pop against the background of the dial. Attention is drawn to the black baton style second hand by the red tip. If you enjoy these sort of minute details in your timepieces, check out the bottom of the second hand, which features the Jorg Gray initial logo.
The commemorative edition of the Jorg Gray JG6500 combines functionality with elegant style. It is easy to see why this watch is favored by President Obama, and why it became so popular after he was seen wearing it. The design is not as simplistic as traditional dress watches, but it’s classy enough to transition from everyday wear to more formal settings. While this timepiece combines practicality with style, the commemorative edition is also highly valued as a collectible.